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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Little Homesick...

So ZB is in Paris, and this evening I got this call:

"Hi mom.  I'm a little homesick."

"Well, we miss you honey, but I hope you're having fun."

"I'm using my roommate's phone.  Can I talk to Squish?"

I handed the phone to Squish, and what was going to be a long convo started.  I got the phone back QUICKLY.

"Uhm, ZB, hon-- we love you. We miss you. We hope you have fun. And this phone call is costing your roommate's parents a LOT of money."


He's a good egg, ZB. And we miss him terribly.

* * *

Spent the day sleeping and chilling. Literally-- it reached A Bajillion degrees here today, so getting to the grocery store before it got so hot the ice cream would melt before I got it out to the car was the most pressing thing on my agenda today.

* * *

By the way, @midnight's hashtag wars was #addgoatruinagoat which I think is a game we will be playing for a very long time.  My favorite of the family offerings was the following from Chicken: "Goats and cows, living together, mass hysteria…"  From Goatbusters.

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And I'm off to edit Bound and working Lollipop, which is the sequel to Bitter Taffy.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Very Big Day

We got up at 4 a.m. so we could leave Zoomboy at the airport at 5:30.

He looked really grown up, but his last hug was really tight.  Mama's been trying to keep it together all day.  It helps that we were REALLY busy.

We left the airport around 6:00 and drove straight to San Francisco.  We arrived around 9:10-- which was enough driving time for me to finish that wrap I talked about last week.  I think I am going to keep it, because… well, because I think it's good. I think it's pretty.  My artist friends are all nice and won't laugh at me behind my back when I wear it, I know it!

Anyway, we parked and napped for about half an hour.  Then we walked a mile to the Moscone Center so I could attend the RWA book signing at the American Library Association convention.

Mate and the girls went to ride the trolley-- and I signed books.

I met two fans--eeeeee!!!!  Amy Call, who hung out for a picture (not this one)  and omg… I'm sorry!  Forgot!!! Name!!! But she loved Clear Water!!!  I also signed 58 OTHER book for other people who were happy to meet me. I wanted to cry-- they were all so nice!  Carol Ritter and Steph Fry, the RWA Goddesses who met me were SO ORGANIZED.  But they also loved Harry Potter and thought Matt Lewis (thanks Steph!) got unbelievably hot.  They were nice enough to listen to me ramble (because sleep deprivation and, hello, a sort of FREAKING AMAZING two and a half weeks) so I adore them now. They're wonderful.

Anyway-- Mate called me and said, "Come meet us at Lou's Fish Shack on the wharf!"

I caught a cab outside the center… and the proceeded to look up Lou's Fish Shack so I could give the guy the address, and then watched as he drove me around the city in a very big loop to get there, and THEN gaped at him as he dropped me off with no Fish Shack in sight.

So I asked a local where it was.

And was directed the wrong way.

And then asked a guy at an info booth where it was, and turned around and walked back the block and then up another block to get there.

I'm like, "Holy God-- if natives don't even know their own city, we're all fucking doomed!"

So I was starving when I got there, but Mate had ordered me a sourdough chowder bowl, and we sat out on the patio and ate.  Then we walked down to Pier 39, where we walked into the puppet store.  They said, "What are you looking for?"

I said, "We're looking for something for Squish, who had to deal with the fact that mom and dad were too busy volunteering and dealing with college graduating and trips to San Diego and trips to Europe to remember flowers for her recital, and who watched her brother get on a plan to Paris without her at five in the morning."

They said, "So, basically anything in the store."

I was like, "Skies the limit."

She got an Arctic Fox named Magic-- who is beautiful and who can be brushed for real-- I have no pictures, but, well, Squishy and Magic. It only makes sense.

And I got these three zombies for my friend Sheela and her kids, because Zombies are here THING. Then we walked to the trolley, took the trolley to the end of the Embarcadero, and walked another couple of blocks to the car.  Yes. We DID go in a HUGE ASSED CIRCLE made of walking, trolleys, cabs, and tears, why do you ask?

Anyway-- Mate clawed his way out of the city using teeth and nails, and then we got home.  And I made Chicken pose for me with the wrap-- because all things are more beautiful with a Chicken in it.

And yeah.  It's even prettier on her-- not that she knows what to do with it but still.

All things considered, it was like our day-- a long road, and a long way around, but the end result was worth it.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Oh Happy Day!

Taken by Steve Parris, of Seattle 
So, when I was little, my dad was a hippie-- I've gone on about Brother Bus elsewhere, but one of the details I neglected there was that strung between the front and back of the car, right where a chauffeur would have a window on a limo, were two giant peace flags.

My dad once got pulled over by men in black suits because they did NOT like those peace flags.

I suppose if there's anything a five year old needs in education about symbols, it's having a scary man ask her dad if he was ready to go to jail for defacing the American flag.  Of course, it was just a scare tactic-- especially when they realized that their young hippie had a little girl and a dog in the back of the bus, but it did make it's point.

Freedom to believe in the symbol of your choosing is so important.

So when a reader sent me this picture, taken from last year's Seattle Pride, I was enchanted.  Now the reader has sent me some ASTOUNDING photos of Seattle before this-- I love his eye and his take on the world.

But given the Supreme Court's ruling on Friday-- and how very much I like this symbol-- I asked if I could show this one.

Oh please, world-- let us know love, and some joy, and, in this matter of simple human dignity, a little peace.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Only YOU can prevent tragic ushing accidents…

So show one of the annual recital commenced tonight, and the following things occurred in no particular order:

A.  I remembered why I should never work retail, because customer service is NOT my strong suit.  Witness when the woman came in a half an hour late and got in my face because I was busy with someone else and didn't offer a program.  "We're you late?" I snapped, and she looked at me, as though surprised.

Yeah.  Don't piss off a volunteer.

And what I almost said to the asshole who--after watching me pick up trash for half an hour, cheerfully and willingly, in what was mostly just a bid to get us all the hell out of there as soon as possible-- snarled, "You are DRIPPING all over the FLOOR!"

It almost slipped out. I was JUST right there about to say, "Hey, asshole, maybe YOU should volunteer for trash duty!" when I realized that the public might not be served by this display of temper, and I turned around to go dump my trash bag.  Mate saw me marching down the aisle and said, "Is there a body?"

No.  But because I didn't glare at him to kill.

B.  I also proved that I can fuck up the mostly harmless duty.  So there I was, punching holes in tickets, when suddenly the hole punch jumped and BIT me. It drew blood. I had to ask one of the busiest dancers in the show to go back and get a bandaid from the first aid lady.

Seriously. Brought down by a tragic ushing accident-- don't let it happen to you!

C.  Don't pull petty tyrant crap on me either.  When an older woman asks for a bottle of water so she can down a painkiller for her back, don't give her shit about "These many hundreds of bottles of water are here for intermission ONLY!"

Especially if she's your mom.

And don't look at me dirty if I open a sacred bottle of water for your own mother because she's not feeling well and is really frickin' pale. I appreciate that you take snack bar seriously, but… you know. THE WATER IS DONATED. In fact, EVERYTHING on the table is donated. Which means that elderly women who need to wash down a Tylenol can pretty much "steal" a donated water.

And yes. I did donate four boxes of Oreos and two boxes of shortbread and an ice chest full of ice, and I AM going to donate the same tomorrow. So yeah. I'm taking a cookie for me and a cupcake for my daughter, who sat in the audience for most of the show because she only performed one bonus number (the father daughter dance) and her actual class performances are tomorrow.  She's been an awesome kid, I just spent half an hour filling ice chests when I didn't have to, and she's getting a cupcake. Your glare means nothing to me. Sayin'.

D. Chicken once again walked into a backstage situation and did her best. Zoomboy proved he is all hambone and was adorable during the boy's dance and the Wizard of Oz dance, wherein he buffed the Tin Man in rhythm. (That sounds… just wrong, but it was what he DID.)  Squish sat politely in a seat next to a complete stranger and watched the show until her time to go.

Mate did EVERYTHING including Security Dad, including help with the backdrop, including the father/daughter dance.  Yes. Watching him and Squish dancing together makes me tear up every time.

Well done, family.

We're back tomorrow--I shall do my level best not to get fired from volunteer work.

No promises.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yes, there's still knitting...

So, I'll be honest. Jay (From Joyfully Jay's) posted an absolutely adorable picture on Twitter, featuring herself wearing a scarf she'd made in Dragonfly Fibers.  She had very kind words about me as a knitting inspiration, and I felt very inadequate, because the scarf was amazing and because…

Well, this is what I'm working on now.

Every artist I know has run away from this project screaming.  "Oh my God, the colors, the colors, the hideous colors!!!"

Everyone else gets shiny-squirrel syndrome.  "Oooh… I like that stripe, and that stripe, and that one… and the flow… and the ribbon… and the drape… and the…. ooooooohhhhh….."

So I figure, on the one hand, this would be a TERRIBLE project to wear in public and say, "Oh, yes, it's an Amy Lane original!" because it will make about 1/5 of the population raise their eyebrow and think to themselves, "Keep this woman away from knitting, yarn stores, and any sort of paint and draw program because… damn!"

The other 4/5ths will say, "Oh my God, it's an AMY LANE ORIGINAL!!! IT'S AWESOME!"  Because they're much like me and they're sucked into the four kinds of WOW present in what's going to be a very large, very drapey and formless sort of wrap made for summer evenings and airplanes.


You know.


I'd really love to wear this for myself.  I'd also really love to send it to someone else and disclaim all knowledge of aforementioned wrap.

We'll have to see.  If it shows up on your doorstep, feel free to say you got it from Good Will.

I DO need to finish it though, because

A. I just re-orged my yarn into drawers and dismantled several UFO's and turned them into newly wound yarn again.

 B.  I also saved some of those UFO's-- mostly socks-- and would like to finish them  and

 C. My beloved friend and editor wants me to knit her THIS-- and sent me some lovely Madeleine Tosh worsted to make that happen.  Now, before you wander off and ignore that link, I need you to take in two things.  One is that NEIL GAIMEN is modeling that scarf, and that I loved the idea so much, I went and bought THE BOOK that has the pattern in it.  And I also bought the yarn featured in the ad right above the Mr. Gaimen's handsome, pixieish visage.  Which leads me to

 D. Chicken would like me to knit her a cropped short sleeve cardigan with Say Nevermore, made by Blue Moon Fibers, the people who brought us Socks That Rock.

So see?  I've got to figure out what I'm doing quick and finish off that wrap!


E. I also have the wooby that Elizabeth North, Ariel Tachna and I all purchased in Dallas, so to make before the weather turned again.

So yeah-- I have SO MUCH to do in the writing front and the kid front--

But in case you were still wondering?

I'm still knitting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

There's No Place Like Home

And people were happy to see me.

Even the furry ones.

Chicken is trying to come to terms with the idea of a "va-cay-tion"-- because it's a foreign concept.

Zoomboy is packing for Europe and getting ready for the dance recital.

Squish is getting ready for the dance recital and looking forward to having her big sister here.

Big T enjoyed family time tonight, as evidenced by the six contributions to the @Midnight's #hashtagwars.  (They give the prompt, and I ask everybody in the family for their input, then I tweet each attempt.  Sometimes, we're AWESOMELY funny, and sometimes, we're just so-so-- I think Mate had the best one tonight, but Zoomboy has been a front runner a couple of times.)

Mate is making plans to come with me to New York, dependent on me calling New York sometime tomorrow.

And I am catching up on an editing job that is, per usual late.

But hey-- at least the dog loves me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wounded, Volume 1

So, for those of you new to the Little Goddess party, well, it's been going on a long time.

Vulnerable was my first published book and although I still have a few printed manuscripts for what were intended to be het Harlequins, Vulnerable is the book I consider my first.

I self published it--and the editing was a joke and the ending caught people by surprise--but people still loved it.  Sincerely loved it, and I realized I couldn't stop at just one book.

Wounded was the next in the series, and the editing didn't get any better, but people still loved it, and Wounded was followed by Bound, and then-- well, then by the Bitter Moon Saga, but that's another series--but then followed by Rampant, and The Green's Hill Werewolves (which were sort of my warmups for M/M, even though it's an M/M/F menage, just because the relationship between Jack and Teague was so strong)  and then by the Green's Hill novellas series--Litha's Constant Whim, Guarding the Vampire's Ghost, and I Love You, Asshole. 

And finally for Quickening, which I finished this spring, and which people have been waiting for me to write for over five years.

A year and a half ago, Dreamspinner Press released a new imprint, DSP Publications, which is essentially for books that are more genre--fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, sci-fi-- than gay romance, even though LGBTQ can be a part of it.  These books fit right in, and this last year has been an effort to recover and re-edit the books and make them presentable again for you.

In the process, they managed to convince me that 200K was a little long for just one book, and maybe, just maybe, it would be a good idea to break the longer books in half.  So, that's why this one is Wounded, Volume 1.  Because the original Wounded was pretty damned long, and when you're selling e-books, apparently that breaks something called a price point and… (I'll be honest. My eyes glaze over sort of, but I do know it's a long fucking book to edit when you're doing it right, and breaking it in half helped my teeny little brain from going splodey.)  So that's why it's Wounded, Volume 1, the Second book of the Little Goddess Series. Wounded, Volume 2 is going to be released at the beginning of August, so you won't have long to wait.  (For the record, we're doing this with Bound, Rampant, and Quickening too.  Because uh… shorter books sell better?  I swear, I get lost in the conversation every time, but when everyone from your husband to your editor to your publisher to your best friend tells you that this is a good thing, you eventually nod and go, "Okay. Yeah. That's great!")

But Wounded Book 1 is out-- and besides the fact that my Bracken is pretty, this is where my storytelling started getting complex and interesting.  This is also where a character sort of sat up, grabbed my by the throat and said, "Uhm, excuse me. I am big, brooding, and have a ginormous penis, and I think I need a bigger part in this."  I mean, Green did this to me too-- but he was less up front. He just sort of won his way into my heart. Bracken growled and flashed his cock, and that was new for me, and I have adored him every since. So please enjoy my big growly sidhe-- and my wounded little goddess who finds she can't live without him.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Graduation, Chicken!

 I'm back in San Diego again.

This time to see Chicken graduate.

She's tired, and doesn't think she's accomplished much.

But in truth?

We are so proud.

Thanks, Rhys Ford, for being there to see my baby graduate, and for taking pictures and taking me to lunch when I was about to eat a really bad muffin.

It's been LONG BUSY month-- and it doesn't slow down, really, until next Tuesday, but it was so worth it to be there today.

Sorry about being the crazy woman in the jeans, baby--

But remember that crazy woman was so very proud of you.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Cover Reveal-- and thank you!

First of all, I'd like to say thank you to EVERYBODY who has told me that Keir and Nascha and Cal's predicament with his family has moved them.  Not everybody feels that way, so your support--and belief that this story is ultimately positive and happy, and that the sweetness outweighs the pain--well, you're Amy Lane fans for one, pure and simple-- but you're also the reason I get brave enough to write angsty orange for another.  You all know I could write happy, sunshine yellow Amy Lane Lite--but you love the angsty orange too, and I love writing that because it moves you.

So thank you, everybody who has been kind about these two difficult characters.  Most people out there know that mental illness is a cause close to my heart, and your acceptance means something to me.

And speaking of Amy Lane Lite--

Well, I still need to write my post about yellow-- but I'm getting there!

But you should know that some more yellow is coming-- I have here the cover for Bitter Taffy, the sequel to Candy Man.  Isn't Rico pretty?  And Clopper is… well, Clopper-- a big moo of a dog who works nicely as an analogy for pretty much every man in the story (until Lollipop which I'm working on now, because one of the guys is like Jake the cat).

But anyway-- this is sweet, feel good, and fun, I hope. Lots of banter, lots of fun, a teeny bit heartbreak, but it's like salt in salted caramel ice cream. Mostly there for flavor.

I hope you guys look forward to it-- it's coming out next month!

Friday, June 19, 2015

So I was whining about my schedule...

Forgive the blurriness-- this is Squish in a gym that's
probably 95 degrees, dancing her heart out.
Tonight we'll be on stage, hopefully with some AC.
Anyway-- yes. Whining. Whining is definitely the word.  But something amazing happened-- let me show you.

Today-- get recital costumes and Father's Day gifts from Target.  At 4:30 take kids to recital rehearsal.

Tomorrow-- at 4 take Big T to family friend's B-day celebration. Promptly ditch out on it to take kids to recital rehearsal.

Sunday-- wake up SOOPER early to give Mate Father's Day stuff, then get on a plane for San Diego to see Chicken's graduation.

Meet Rhys Ford for lunch and friends and hanging.  Go to hotel room and write.

Guys! This is the logo in
action! You can see the different
types of Amy in the lists!
Monday-- Chicken's graduation

Tuesday-- Chicken and I come home

Wednesday-- work out and dance practice

Thursday-- sleep? Something. There's gotta be something.

Friday-- Recital 1

Saturday-- Recital 2

Sunday-- Pack Zoomboy for Europe

Monday-- See Zoomboy OFF to Europe at Ass-crack-thirty a.m.

Drive from airport to San Francisco so I can be at Moscone center at 10:45 for book signing for ALA.

Wait. Did you see that last one?

Let me highlight it with links.  Meet the Author Event at ALA, Amy Lane, Signing from 11:00 am-- 12:00 pm, 

This was just cute.
So, uh, yeah.  I AM going to be a little busy between now and then, but on Monday, June 29th, I'm going to be in San Francisco (YAY!) and I'm going to be signing books at the Moscone center exhibit hall with RWA.

So, yanno.

That's sort of exciting, cause it's in my backyard.

Hopefully, I'll see you there!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy Anniversary!

So, every morning I wake up, go get my phone from the charger, and bring it back to bed to set the alarm for the next half-hour.

Yesterday morning I did that.  Mate was up hellishly early considering the fact that we'd gotten in around ten o'clock the night before after the drive from San Diego, and my eyes were so bleary I could barely see as I was scanning my e-mail, to make sure I didn't have anything pressing before I went back to sleep.

And suddenly the date caught my attention.

"Oh God," I mumbled.

"What's wrong?"  Mate was slinging his backpack over his shoulder as he said it.

"Happy Anniversary honey," I said, feeling pathetic.

Yup. 26th.  And welcomed in such style too!

Tonight we went out for dinner and came home early, sagged on the couch and watched The Daily Show.

John Stewart was sort of amazing.

26 years with Mate is even more so.

Next year, maybe we'll go dancing :-)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

And that's all I gots...

*  All I did today was sleep and poop.  I know you don't care about that, but it made ME excited about writing.  (I do some of my best plotting right before I drop off and right before I wake up. And, you know, contemplating.)

*  Yesterday in the car, I was just wondering if it was time to pull over when…

Me: "What is that?"

Mate: "Oh my God… what IS that?"

Zoomboy: "Heh heh heh heh…"

Mate: "He's in the BACK OF THE CAR and we got that!"

Me: "That's it. We've got a fifteen minute meeting at a rest stop, right now!"

ZB: "Heh heh heh…"

*  I picked up the dogs this morning. The first thing they did was dig for kitty-roca. It's like I"m surrounded.

*  And now on to dance recital rehearsal. But at least I'm cleansed and well rested! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Chicken's Portfolio Project

My beautiful, beautiful Chicken, who has done so very
well.  See that tablecloth? Only one that wasn't black.
That's my baby girl!
Okay-- so most of you have figured out that I wasn't at home as Deep of the Sound released.

We travels down to San Diego, because Chicken had her portfolio show, and she asked for family support.

We didn't do many vacation-y things.  We drove down, stayed in a low-rent hotel (with a great pool, because the kids had to have SOMETHING) and spent our time taking Chicken shopping and going to the movies and eating out.  (Our hotel room was so small that Big T didn't fit-- he ended up sleeping on his sister's futon. True bonding!)


I have a few pictures for you, and tomorrow I may remember some of the funny things my family said (because we do entertain ourselves, yes we do) but tonight?
My dad and Big T. We all looked so much like family that
her friends were like, "Oh! Family Lane. Nice to meetya!"


I'm tired.

So I'll leave you with this: Squish was getting upset because Chicken and Big T were talking about scary movies while she was in the back of the car. I ended up calming her down by showing her "Dear Kitten" YouTube videos on the was back to the hotel but first I told her that Sam and Dean would come saver her from anything scary.

To which her brother retorted, "Yeah, but only after the first body!"

Good point, young one, good point!
Mate and Squishy ad Big Bear Diner. Yes, we bought
stuffed bears. Why?

Anyway-- leaving you with my beautiful Chicken and my beautiful family. I'm going to use the caption function, which means those of you reading from GR are going to be a little cheated because the captions go EVERYWHERE.  Sorry about that!

Enjoy :-)

We also played the jukebox. 

Big T also played the jukebox. Apparently jukeboxes
are fascinating.

Road to Lancaster. Just sort of cool.

Us, in BJ's Bar and Grill, before they lost all our respect
by seating us whenEVER, losing our order, and
running away from Mate as he tried to pay the bill.
Lane family is never going back there again. But
my kids make any place look good.

Kids and Mate in the pool.  Yeah, I spent my hour--
It was a really awesome food!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blog Tour for Deep of the Sound

This is mostly just an alert that, starting tomorrow (Monday!) I'm going to have articles and excerpts for Deep of the Sound popping up, well, everywhere.

I'm posting the schedule tonight (Sunday!) so that you all can keep look for it-- I'm telling you folks, some of my best stories went into this one, both the funny and the sad.

I hope you enjoy the tour-- and by all means let me know if you do-- and please enjoy the story!

Deep of the Sound available at 
Deep of the Sound available on Kindle
Deep of the Sound available on ARe
Deep of the Sound available at Riptide

Stops for this tour:

June 15, 2015 The Novel Approach
June 15, 2015 Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
June 15, 2015 Prism Book Alliance
June 16, 2015 Things I Find While Shelving
June 16, 2015 Cup o' Porn
June 16, 2015 The Jeep Diva
June 16, 2015 Creative Deeds
June 17, 2015 Boys on the Brink
June 17, 2015 All I Want and More
June 17, 2015 Love Bytes Reviews
June 18, 2015 3 Chicks After Dark
June 18, 2015 MM Good Book Reviews
June 18, 2015 Sinfully Sexy Books
June 19, 2015 LeAnn's Book Reviews
June 19, 2015 Rainbow Gold Reviews
June 19, 2015 TTC Books and More
- See more at:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Deep of the Sound

I'm going to be out of town- hopefully I can post this now and everyone will remember!

Deep of the Sound is out-- and if you buy it at Riptide, it should be available this weekend!

If you want to wait for amazon-- here is the link for the paperback, (ETA), and HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE KINDLE and HERE IS THE LINK FOR ARE. *whew*  So now that we have THOSE,  drumroll please…

I'm going to post the blurb in a sec, but I've been talking about my color coding, and while I haven't gotten to yellow yet, you should know that this is not yellow.  This is code orange Amy-- Angsty Amy.  It's got some sad and some grit, but a little sweetness too-- but be prepared.  Some unkind soul called it a PSA, but those of you who like my angsty orange best know that usually I've drawn from some real life experiences for my angst.  I'll have my blog tour up on Monday, and you can follow what came from where-- including why I'd put a really big fish in my book, and why Avery's bank did that incredibly stupid-ass thing.

And why Cal's brother is the way he is.

So for those of you who like that, stay tuned for the blog tour-- and for the links-- cause it's all a-comin'.  But right now, here's the blurb:

Cal McCorkle has lived in Bluewater Bay his whole life. He works two jobs to support a brother with a laundry list of psychiatric diagnoses and a great-uncle with Alzheimer’s, and his personal life amounts to impersonal hookups with his boss. He’s got no time, no ambition, and no hope. All he has is family, and they’re killing him one responsibility at a time.
Avery Kennedy left Los Angeles, his family, and his sleazy boyfriend to attend a Wolf’s Landing convention, and he has no plans to return. But when he finds himself broke and car-less in Bluewater Bay, he’s worried he’ll have to slink home with his tail between his legs. Then Cal McCorkle rides to his rescue, and his urge to run away dies a quick death.
Avery may seem helpless at first, but he can charm Cal’s fractious brother, so Cal can pretty much forgive him anything. Even being adorkable. And giving him hope. But Cal can only promise Avery “until we can’t”—and the cost of changing that to “until forever” might be too high, however much they both want it. 
See?  Even the font is angsty orange!
Anyway folks-- I hope you enjoy the new book! I'll be updating the website on Monday (like, at bumfuck a.m.) as soon as all the links are up!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Chicken's Deal


So if I've seemed a little absent it's because I'm getting ready to go on not one but two trips in short succession.  See, Chicken is graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science-- and yes, she went through a compressed program.  So, she's twenty, and stressed, and wondering if she stays in San Diego or comes home, and in the middle of all of that, we're getting ready to take the whole family down to her portfolio show.

She has a graduation, of course, but it's a week after the portfolio show, and only three of us can go to that.  So the deal is, as a family, we're all driving down to the portfolio show-- driving down on Saturday, seeing the show on  Monday, driving back on Tuesday, so the little kids can attend their dance recital rehearsals.

I am flying back down on Father's day (the 21st), so I can be one of the people (along with Rhys Ford) who will see her graduation, and then I'm flying back on Tuesday, so I can help the kids with recital.  Then the kids will have recital on Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th, and on Monday the 29th we're taking Zoomboy to the airport from whence he will fly to Europe.  (Something else we're getting ready for.)  After we drop him off, we're driving down to San Francisco, where I will sign books for ALA at the Moscone Center from 11--12:30 (I think!).  

Then Mate and Squish and I will knock around San Francisco for a day, and come home.

Glorious home.

Where I plan to sleep for a day.

And then start getting ready for RWA, while editing, writing, etc, and all those other things I do for my job.

So now you know I'm just busy, and not that I've stopped being active.  I am, in fact, slightly over active.  But Deep of the Sound is coming out this weekend (If you ordered it from Riptide!)  and it will be out Monday if you're ordering it from amazon.  (The paperback is already available!)   and there is a blog tour that goes with it that I'm sort of proud of.  (I know-- you get tired of blog tours-- which is kinda too bad, because I think if I went back and compiled all my @#$%ing blog tours, I'd have a decent autobiography, yanno?)  So there's a blog tour, and a chance to win some of my Riptide titles (and there's getting to be more of them!) and, you know DEEP OF THE SOUND coming out.  I'll have some posts about that tomorrow, because NEW RELEASE!

So bear with me, okay?  I'm still here.  Oh-- and the snake?  Because he is silly, and I feel a little like him, because on somedays, I don't think think I'm fooling anybody.  "Hello, fellow grownups… I am also a grownup…"  See?  You can see the resemblance, right?  OH!  And the picture above?  Chicken did that of Squish. I. Am. So. Proud.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


So, we're going to go see Chicken's portfolio show, and we lined up one of the kid's friends to come babysit the dogs.

And then I got guilty.

Cause, she's going to come and sit with them twice a day, but… but… but my dogs are used to, you know… people! People all the time!  People who worship them all the time!

So last night, I was saying to Mate, "How would you feel about a kennel, or having them board with someone?"  

"That's great. I have no idea how to find that."

Well, I was just going to go internet, right?

But first I had to work out early, take ZB to register for school (see yesterday's blog post!), drop off his T-Dap, conference with Squish's principal, maybe eat, maybe nap, and definitely work.  

So, it wasn't looking good for our little doggie pals.

And then, there I was, at that first thing.  Squish and I were working out early--with a different instructor, one I don't know as well.  She was chatting with us as we were working out, and she mentioned that she ran a dog boarding business.  She had some openings.


So there you go. 

A perfect dog boarding situation just dropped into our laps.  She's kind, her mother is kind, and she's been running this business for over ten years.  

And suddenly, the mile long list of things that was hounding me all week dropped by one, and so did some stress.  So there you go, folks-- serendipity. It's a thing!